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#project vest: the conclusion


I went a bit more slowly finishing the second half of this vest.  It actually didn’t take very long because there is less fabric in the front!  If you count all the hours I spent knitting and finishing this vest, the result will equal about 24 hours. Maybe a bit less.


I’m a bit hot and bothered from mowing the lawns in this picture.  Do not worry – I didn’t wear my brand new vest doing the mowing!  Had to get that pic before the light went though!

I thought I’d show you how it looked before and after some blocking:

Prior to blocking

Here it is awaiting its bath.  Notice how the bands twisted and would not lie flat?  The fabric itself also felt quite stiff and a little oily for some reason.


Here it is in its bath with a small amount of wool wash added.  See how the water has made the fibres much more relaxed and even.

Blocked vest

Blocking has brought out the true qualities of the Stansborough Grey wool.  The fabric has become beautifully lofty, with a gorgeous fluidity, lustre and drape.

This yarn dries extremely quickly.  This wool seems to shake off moisture much more quickly than other fibres.  I put it on a rack to dry outside, and it was dry in two hours!  I think being non-washine washable has also helped to preserve the moisture-repellent properties of the wool.

It’s going to be a great work vest as soon as the weather decides to make wearing wool a good idea!

Yarn:  Stansborough Mithril

Pattern: V-neck or rounded sleeveless tunic

Amount used:  approx 325g (for size 40″) of DK weight yarn.

Last weekend, I also finished my Golden Hall socks.  Here they are!

Golden Hall socks

These socks were cast on with many more stitches that I would normally use, and I was convinced at one stage that they would be too big for me.  Those cables sure do eat yarn and suck in the width though… I finished this project with only 6″ of yarn to spare from an entire 100g skein!  That was close.  I used 30% more yarn than I normally need for a pair of socks.

The only mods I made for this sock were to decrease across the instep on the first row of the toe shaping so that all the cable endings were K2tog.  This also conveniently brought the stitch count back down to my the usual number I begin with:  64 stitches.  By doing so, I knew that the toe would be the right length for my foot.  I also decreased the sole down to 32 sts during the gusset shaping which helped with width issues (and yarn quantities!)

I didn’t find the intense amount of cabling on these socks particularly intuitive (some cable patterns hardly need looking at once you’ve done the first motif, but not this one).  This made it slow to knit because I was glued to the chart. I know others were much more comfortable with the pattern.

The yarn is more of my very favourite super twisted 100% merino sock yarn.  This colourway was dyed by the talented James of Fibre Alive, another sadly no longer indie dye business.  I cry a little every time I use one of his yarns because they are so lovely and I won’t be able to get any more!!

However, very pleased to now have another pair of yummy socks to add to my drawer!


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18 thoughts on “#project vest: the conclusion

  1. The cable pattern might not be very intuitive but it looks wonderful.

  2. your socks are simply gorgeous! 🙂 great tribute to a no longer in business dyer. the pattern is perfect for the yarn. I also love the rustic yarn/look of the vest!

  3. These socks look just stunning. I love the cables on it!! What a sock genius you are 🙂

  4. The socks are adorable ! wow… 🙂
    And what a difference indeed after the washing of the vest. It looks ever so comfy and wearable !

    • Some things I do not bother blocking when the garment looks like it is meant to, although blocking always does give a garment that final ‘professional’ finish. That vest is a definite case of compulsory blocking! It will be very happily worn. 🙂

  5. I always cry bit too when I knit with my favorite yarn dyers that are no longer dyeing. 🙂
    The vest looks beautiful. Fantastic socks!

  6. Beautiful socks! And it’s always fascinating to see before/after blocking pics.

  7. I’m pleased I’m not the only one who doesn’t feel they look their best after mowing the lawns (mine sometimes finished in the dark, so no time for photos afterwards!)

    I love you thoughts on why the Stansfield reacts the way it does after its wash and bloke, it looks lovely…and I I take my hat off to you with those lovely socks; I understand completely why the cabling may not be intuitive…but they look so good. Congratulations, well done.

  8. This vest fits you wonderfully. I like the simple, even yoke. Your socks rock.

  9. I LOVE the vest. I forget just how beautifully utilitarian knitting can be. A simple garment, made to be used and used, is a gift! (The socks and the Robin sweater are pretty great, as well.)

  10. I have a great pattern for a seamless knitted vest with no picking up stitches around the neck and arms. In fact, I’m wearing one now. Have made quite a few with this particular pattern. Ideal for work over a long sleeved shirt. Years ago I did not know what blocking was. It makes a huge difference to a garment though. I must admit blocking is a chore to me. I hate it!! Probably why I have about three garments waiting to be blocked; one is a gorgeous beaded shawl. Love the socks. I too, have found that cabled patterns warrant more stitches. I’ve been caught out and only used my normal 64 stitches and the socks are very snug.

    • I am not fond of blocking either. Which is why I force myself to do it straight away, otherwise it does end up being a even bigger pain to do.

  11. I thought your first picture looked like a still from a film. That is a great pattern, how cool it’s been released for freeeeee! Looks comfy.

  12. What gorgeous FO’s! Your vest looks like a perfect wardrobe staple and the socks are beautifully intricate (though likely a pain to knit!).